Whether you prefer to dine at a cozy restaurant or you’re seeking something a little more adventurous, first dates can be a tough thing to plan. Luckily for those in Pennsylvania, there is a wealth of fun and creative options. From cute cafes to mystical gardens, here are the 10 best first date locations in the state.
Fresh and friendly in Philly, Front Street Café is a great place to take a first date. Delicious healthy and good for the soul food is what you’ll find here, and you might just find your soul mate at the same time. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner inside or outside on patio and green space during warm weather, and you don’t have to worry about the menu. You and your date can enjoy traditional, vegetarian, or vegan dishes, and they also have gluten-free options. If you don’t want a full meal, they have a coffee shop, a juice bar, and a European-style beer garden.
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The beautiful Seven Mountains area of Pennsylvania is the location of Seven Mountains Wine Cellars Main Winery in Spring Mills. What started as a hobby in the 1970s has because a full-time passion for owner Scott Bubb. This winery is a great place to get to know someone, sample some of the award-winning wines made on premise, and enjoy live music. Open year-round except major holidays.
If you’re looking for a great place for you and your first date to spend time getting to know each other in the great outdoors, Leaser Lake in New Tripoli is the perfect place. You have your choice of boating, biking, or fishing around the 540-acre park, and you don’t have to worry if you don’t own a boat, bikes, or fishing equipment because you can rent it there. Kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, sailboats, and row and paddle boats can be rented for an hour up to eight hours. Biking around the lake is some of the most scenic in this part of the state, and bikes can be rented for an hour or all day. Bait can be purchases and rods can be rented for $5 for the entire day and the fishing is great!
Magic Gardens in Philadelphia is a celebration of life, and one of the most unique displays anywhere in the state. Whether it’s a first date or the hundredth, a place to bring your family or friends, or a place to experience the beauty of color, Magic Gardens is a visual expression of art where every piece tells a story. Started by Isaiah Zagar in the late 1960s as a way to beautify the neighborhood using recycled materials like glass bottles, mirrors, bicycle wheels, and many more nontraditional pieces, vacant lots in the city have become a renaissance of amazing art open to the public.
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, is one of the most interesting locations for a first date if you both love history. There are so many things to see and do here that the only problem will be deciding on what. The National Military Park is managed by the National Park Service and seeks to preserve the landscape of the area where so many fought for freedom. Open year round, there are interpretive programs and tours in the museum, around the National Cemetery, and the battlefield.
If you and your date are foodies, there’s no better place to go than Emeril’s Chop House at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Offering elegance and traditional classics with a new twist, you can get to know each other over delicious starters like Harissa grilled octopus, then move on to a perfectly cooked filet mignon or lobster tail, and finish with a mocha-hazelnut dacquoise. There’s also a cocktail bar and valet parking.
This unique craft whiskey distillery is a great place to visit, and you’ll learn about Pennsylvania’s role in the Whiskey Rebellion in the 1700s. Family owned and operated, the distillery is open seven days a week and has a tasting room and bottle shop. During warm months, you can enjoy special events and your favorite cocktail in the Whiskey Garden. Tours are offered on Saturdays, and you can learn about the process of making whiskey.
New relationships can be exciting when you’re trying to unlock the mysteries of the other person, much like trying to escape from a locked room. A great way to “open” the relationship is to participate in Operation: Escape Room. Located in Monaca, Pennsylvania, this fun and challenging 60-minute game is not a haunted house, but is comprised of a series of locked doors that will take logic and creativity to unlock by solving complex problems in a certain amount of time.
If you’re looking for a truly first-class dining experience to share with someone special, RockBass Grill in Wormleysburg, Pennsylvania, is just the place. Located on the waterfront of the beautiful Susquehanna River, you and your date can enjoy custom-prepared seafood and steak dishes like crab imperial, stuffed flounder, ribeye, or New York strip. They have a full selection of red, white, and rose wines and other cocktails, and some of the best desserts in the area.
The award-winning Garlic Poet Restaurant & Bar in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, is a unique literary-inspired eatery that satisfies your hunger and curiosity. Using locally sourced ingredients from the area, this farm to table adventure offers delicious choices that are traditional, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. You can taste the freshness in every bite, and the Garlic Poet may become your new favorite place to eat.